RECAPS OF SUNDAY’S NBA GAMES
Hornets 115, Suns 110
Nicolas Batum scored 22 points and the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns. Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard added 18 apiece for the Hornets, who staged their biggest comeback of the season and matched their season best with three straight wins. Rookie Josh Jackson scored a career-high 23 and T.J. Warren added 21 for the Suns, who led 78-57 with 7:53 left in the third quarter. Devin Booker and Dragan Bender added 18 apiece. Booker, already playing with bruised ribs, left the game with a left hip pointer with 6:53 to play. The Hornets, opening a four-game trip through the West, outscored the Suns 20-2 to start the fourth quarter.
Celtics 97, Trail Blazers 96
Al Horford made a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the Boston Celtics finished off the Portland Trail Blazers, giving New England fans a few hours to get home before the Super Bowl. The crowd at TD Garden was dotted with jerseys for Patriots stars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. A Philadelphia Eagles fan shown on the Jumbotron repeatedly got booed. Horford wound up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helping Boston win its fourth in a row. Damian Lillard shot just 6 for 19, but scored Portland’s final eight points, including a 3-point play with 7.2 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 96-95 lead. C.J. McCollum led the Blazers with 22 points and Lillard added 21. Jayson Tatum had 17 points and Jaylen Brown scored 16 for the Celtics. Terry Rozier had with 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting after recording a triple-double and a career-high 31 points in his previous two games starting in place of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
Bucks 109, Nets 94
Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points, John Henson had 19 points and 18 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks easily extended their winning streak over the Brooklyn Nets to 10 games with a victory. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo left with an apparent right ankle injury in the fourth quarter, but by then Milwaukee was in control of a game it led by as many as 28 points. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Khris Middleton also had 16 points for the Bucks, who improved to 6-1 since firing Jason Kidd and moved a season-best six games over .500 at 29-23. DeMarre Carroll and Caris LeVert each scored 15 for the Nets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Hawks 99, Knicks 96
Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds left lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a win over the New York Knicks. The Hawks rallied from a 93-87 deficit in the final 2:16. Bazemore was wide open in the left corner and hit for a 98-96 lead. Tim Hardaway Jr. then stepped on the line trying to inbound, giving the ball back to Atlanta. Bazemore led the Hawks with 19 points. Mike Muscala scored 15 and Taurean Prince had 13. Dedmon finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Dennis Schroeder added 10 points for Atlanta. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 for the Knicks. Trey Burke added 14, Jarrett Jack and Kyle O’Quinn each scored 11, and Enes Kanter finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Raptors 101, Grizzlies 86
Delon Wright scored 15 points, DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet each scored 13 and the Toronto Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis, their fifth straight home win over the slumping Grizzlies. Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 and Pascal Siakam 10 as the Raptors improved to 21-4 at home, the best record in the NBA. Toronto is 14-4 when VanVleet scores 10 or more points. He matched his career high with seven rebounds and had eight assists. Marc Gasol scored 20 points and Andrew Harrison had 16 for the Grizzlies, who have lost six straight road games. Dillon Brooks scored 12 points and JaMychal Green had 11 as Memphis lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Lakers 108, Thunder 104
Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Julius Randle added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers sent the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fourth straight loss. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who have won six of eight. Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and Paul George added 26 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had won eight in a row before its current skid. The Lakers took an 82-79 lead into the fourth quarter.